Jeff's Upgrade to DSA 105

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by Jeff Rehling, Jan 26, 2019.

  1. Jeff Rehling

    Jeff Rehling Supporting Member


    I tried to attach the soft coral to a rock using it’s foot toothpick and a rubber band. It came loose and was floating around in my display tank. It’s a really beautiful piece of coral that I want to get attached to a rock but I’m not sure how. I would love some advice please.

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  2. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer Past President

    So you shoved a toothpick in it? Get some glue, then glue the toothpick into a hole in a rock.
  3. Jeff Rehling

    Jeff Rehling Supporting Member

    yes I did--through the center. rubber banded the toothpick to a rock. the coral stem split and fell off. The toothpick and rubber band stayed intact
  4. jccaclimber

    jccaclimber Supporting Member

    Put the toothpick through more of the coral and it should hold. Make sure both ends of the toothpick are lightly retained and all should be well. You can sew them on too, but thread is a huge hazard around fish so I wouldn’t do it myself.
  5. Jeff Rehling

    Jeff Rehling Supporting Member

    i will try again higher up on the stem. Thanks
  6. cdhappy

    cdhappy Supporting Member

    I did this one time when the rubber band was too tight. You want it snug, but too tight cuts off all circulation and will cause it to cut through.

    I’ve also used twist-ties before. They work great because you can adjust how tight you want it; the hard part is finding ones that DO NOT have the metal wire in the middle (you need the all plastic ones).

    Great looking softie, Jeff!

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  7. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    My take on CBBs

    Had 2 that ate like pigs. Started them in the sump, put frozen in a feeding pouch. CBBs pick off the rock, so this is a natural method of eating for them. Once they were comfortable eating from that, moved them to the DT in an acclimation box. Feed in the pouch in the box.

    Finally moved out into the DT. When I fed the tank, I broadcast at 1 end and put the pouch with frozen at the other.

    1 of the CBBs would come up and pick frozen off my hand if I kept most of the wrasses away.

    Lost that one to nem nuke #2.

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  8. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer Past President

    Interesting and logical method. I like it, thanks for sharing!
  9. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster Staff Member

    But I thought we get CBB so they can eat aiptasia?

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  10. jccaclimber

    jccaclimber Supporting Member

    What is the feeding pouch made of?
  11. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

  12. jccaclimber

    jccaclimber Supporting Member

    Some do, some don't. Mine has only seen 1-2 aiptasia in the time I've had it, but it didn't go after them.
  13. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    Mine did not go after any aiptasia. But my Burgess did. As did my Declivis. Hasn’t touched anything else. (Knock on wood)!

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  14. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Supporting Member

    I didn’t think either of those were reef safe.
  15. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    Roaps family b/f are the safest choice after CBB/Marginalis types.

    Similar to Genicathus genus angels.

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  16. Jeff Rehling

    Jeff Rehling Supporting Member

    added a yellow tank and coral beauty yesterday, but they are in a QT next to the DT for a month or so. Happy to finally add some fish!

    Thanks Ultimate Aquarium!
  17. Jeff Rehling

    Jeff Rehling Supporting Member

    Recently I added a yellow tang, a coral beauty, and Sunday I added 3" maxima clam, and an emerald crab (thanks to Nelson running the group buy). my chemistry is good and stable. I'm only dosing Alk right now, and my calcium has been steady at 450. I have B-ionic calcium additive should I need it. really happy about how the tank is progressing! I really appreciate all the advice and help from the members here.
  18. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Keep an eye on that coral beauty, they MAY nip at clams mantles ... as Steve from Lucky Ocean used to say... "It's a 50/50 shot" :D

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